Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

The Hostos WIPA Program is a Social Security Administration (SSA) funded program that provides FREE accurate and individualized disability benefits counseling services to Social Security Disability Beneficiaries on SSI or SSDI, who want to understand how employment will affect their Social Security cash and health benefits.

The WIPA team is working remotely and all services are being conducted via distance methods.

What Information will I get from WIPA counseling?
The WIPA benefits specialists, or CWICs, will review your case and provide you with information the applicable work incentives that apply to you. Social Security has many work incentives for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries designed to fit individual situations and to help beneficiaries succeed! Work incentives make it possible for you to explore work while still receiving benefits. They are designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to work and still receive medical benefits. In some cases, beneficiaries may be able to keep some or all of their benefits as they transition towards their work goals.

Is WIPA part of the Ticket to Work (TtW) Program?
The Hostos WIPA Program and the Ticket to Work partner to help beneficiaries reach their work goals. If you would like general information about how work might affect your benefits, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you use TTY services for people with hearing impairments, use 1-866-833-2967. If you are working or you have a job offer, the Help Line can refer you directly for Work Incentives Planning and Assistance services.


Ticket to Work Help Line 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

For more information contact Hostos CUNY WIPA at 1-800-739-0118


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